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75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas Combine for $38.9B

Revenue at Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield topped $2.5 billion last year, a milestone achieved by only one other company in the 30 years that Arkansas Business has been ranking private companies by revenue.
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Arkansas' April Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3.8 Percent

For the third consecutive month, Arkansas recorded the same jobless rate, and that rate is below the U.S. rate.
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VR Expert Carolina Cruz-Neira Showcases New Product

Carolina Cruz-Neira with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock was in Chicago a week ago and in Atlanta last month to showcase her team's CAVE-in-a-Box.
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